Make lunch a lot more fun with these healthy bento-inspired lunches for kids, teens, foodies, and more.
The Original Happy Lunch
We love bentos because the compartments help with portion control and naturally lead to a healthy variety of foods. Each lunch is a little puzzle, an elegant surprise. And they don't have to take long to prepare! Here are five make-ahead lunches we concocted to delight different types of eaters, from little kids to teenagers to cubicle-dwellers.
First, for the little kid who is easily distracted by human lunch buddies, the Buddy Bento Box offers fun, nutritious food to hold his interest.
Make our recipe: Quick Chicken-Sesame Rice Balls
2 tablespoons edamame hummus
½ cup steamed sugar snap peas, chilled
¼ cup seedless red grapes, halved
2 peeled kiwifruit, sliced and cut into shapes
2 fortune cookies